Ahmedabad shopkeepers/vendors to need vax or ‘no Covid’ certificate

Gandhinagar, June 11 (IANS) Small traders, street vendors, shop owners, and others, who can fall into the ‘super spreader’ category, must produce either vaccination certificate or an RT-PCR negative certificate, less than 10 days old, in order to continue their business in Ahmedabad, an order said on Friday. “All the vegetable vendors, hotel/restaurant employees, roadside […]

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UNDP India releases appraisal report on Aspirational Districts Programme

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India on Friday released an independent appraisal report on the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP). The report captures the progress of the flagship initiatives and recommendations for further improvements. The report was handed over by Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India, to Rajiv Kumar, Vice […]

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Dilip Kumar discharged from hospital

Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) Bollywood veteran Dilip Kumar was discharged from Hinduja Hospital in Khar on Friday, his official Twitter account informed fans. The actor had been admitted on June 6 after experiencing breathlessness. A tweet on the microblogging site read: “With your love and affection, and your prayers, Dilip Saab is going home from […]

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Flipkart partners with Telangana for ‘Medicines from Sky’ project (Ld)

Hyderabad, June 11 (IANS) Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace, on Friday announced its partnership with the Telangana government to lead a consortium tasked with the development and execution of the drone deliveries of medical supplies to remote areas under the ‘Medicines from the Sky’ project. As part of the consortium, Flipkart will utilise learnings from […]

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Shaadisthan: Shoddy storytelling (IANS Review; Rating: * *)

Shaadisthan (film on Disney+ Hotstar); Cast: Kirti Kulhari, Medha Shankar, Rajan Modi, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Kay Kay Menon; Direction: Raj Singh Chaudhary; Rating: * * (two stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY Sometimes, the best intentions are lost in inadequate execution. “Shaadisthan” is a film that talks of women’s empowerment, but the effort is burdened by shoddy storytelling […]

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Flipkart partners with Telangana for ‘Medicines from Sky’ project

Hyderabad, June 11 (IANS) Flipkart, India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace, on Friday announced its partnership with the Telangana government to lead a consortium tasked with the development and execution of the drone deliveries of medical supplies to remote areas under the ‘Medicines from the Sky’ project. As part of the consortium, Flipkart will utilise learnings from […]

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BSF, BGB to take preemptive measures for peace along Indo-B’desh border

Agartala, June 11 (IANS) Border guards of India and Bangladesh in an important regional biannual border co-ordination conference (BCC) on Friday agreed to initiate preemptive measures in creating a situation of peace and tranquillity along the international border by amicably resolving all issues, officials said. After the four-day BCC between the Border Security Force (BSF) […]

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Twitter India seeks rockstar ‘designer’ amid silence on compliance officer

By Nikhila NatarajanNew York, June 11 (IANS) After getting slammed for not complying with Indias new Digital Media Ethics Code which dramatically alters intermediary liability in the country and mandates the appointment of a chief compliance officer, Jack Dorsey’s Twitter is scrambling to hire a “staff designer” who can “locally tailor” its “global product” for […]

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906 new Covid cases, 17 deaths in J&K

Srinagar, June 11 (IANS) A total of 906 new Covid cases and 17 deaths came to light in J&K on Friday while 1,885 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery. Officials said that 244 cases and nine deaths were reported from the Jammu division and 662 cases and eight deaths from the Kashmir division. So […]

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Six-time Himachal CM again tests positive for Covid

Shimla, June 11 (IANS) Congress veteran and six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday tested positive for Covid-19, the second time in less than 60 days, doctors said on Friday. “Virbhadra Singh was running a fever and he tested positive for Covid,” Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) Principal Rajnish Pathania said. […]

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Haryana to conduct statewide sero-survey

Chandigarh, June 11 (IANS) Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Friday said the government is going to conduct the statewide sero-survey from June 15, and children above 6 years will also be included to determine the prevalence of antibodies in them. He told the media that the survey would help understanding that whether the prevalence […]

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Google’s new proposal has ‘significant’ privacy problems: Mozilla

San Francisco, June 11 (IANS) Google’s new proposal for targeted ad tracking has several properties that could pose “significant” privacy risks to users, according to Firefox maker Mozilla. On Thursday, Firefox published the results of an analysis of Google’s Federated Learning of Cohorts, or FLoC, proposal. Google believes the new “privacy-preserving” system could be used […]

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TVS Motor sold 9,601 mopeds in May

Chennai, June 11 (IANS) India’s only moped manufacturer TVS Motor Company Ltd closed last month selling 9,601 units, the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) said on Friday. In a statement, the SIAM said that TVS Motor sold 9,601 units (domestic 7,135 units, exports 2,466 units) last month as compared to 13,326 units (domestic 13,088 […]

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PDP not to participate in J&K delimitation process

Srinagar, June 11 (IANS) Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) headed by former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said on Friday it won’t participate in the ongoing delimitation process since the PDP has no sitting Parliament member or any member of the legislative assembly. PDP spokesman, Suhail Bukhari, said in reply to a question whether the People’s Alliance […]

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Highly contagious Covid variants detected in SL

Colombo, June 11 (IANS) Sri Lankan health authorities announced on Friday that the two highly contagious Covid-19 variants — B.1.1.7 and B.1.617.2 — have been detected in the island nation. Director of the Allergy, Immunity and Cell Biology Unit at the Sri Jayewardenepura University, Chandima Jeewandara said the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as Alpha, has […]

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Taliban overruns another crucial Afghan district

Kabul, June 11 (IANS) Taliban militants seized control of another important district in Afghanistans northern Takhar province, officials said on Friday. Ishkimish, a strategically crucial district for both the Taliban and the government, fell to the militants after tough clashes late on Thursday, local council members said. After hours of fighting, the security forces were […]

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Aamir khan to play against chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand in ‘Checkmate COVID – Celebrity Edition’

By IANSlife FeaturesNew Delhi, June 11 (IANSlife) Indian chess grandmaster and former world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand will play a ‘simultaneous exhibition’ match against the country’s renowned celebrities and businesspersons to raise funds for The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s COVID-19 relief feeding efforts. Checkmate COVID series will have 5-time world champion, Viswanathan Anand, play ten Indian […]

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Sunflower: Quirky but lacks focus (IANS Review; Rating: * * and 1/2)

Sunflower (series on Zee5); Cast: Sunil Grover, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Kulkarni, Ashish Vidyarthi, Mukul Chadda, Radha Bhatt, Annapurna Soni, Dayana Erappa, Shonali Nagrani, Sonal Jha, Saloni Khanna, Ashwin Kaushal; Created by: Vikas Bahl; Rating: * * and half (two and a half stars) BY VINAYAK CHAKRAVORTY “Sunflower” keeps you guessing all the way, all right […]

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EU Parliament calls for more sanctions on Belarus

Strasbourg, June 11 (IANS) Following the May 23 forced landing of a Ryanair plane travelling between two EU capitals and the arrest of blogger Roman Protasevich in Belarus, the European Parliament has called for further sanctions on the hardline regime in Minsk. Punitive measures should be taken against the crude oil-processing industry, the production of […]

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18 killed in Pak road accident

Islamabad, June 11 (IANS) At least 18 people were killed and over 30 others injured when a passenger bus overturned in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, local media reported on Friday. The accident occurred when the bus was taking a sharp turn with high speed, reports Xinhua news agency. According to the local media reports, the victims […]

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Thane: Manipur girl killed grappling thieve

Thane (Maharashtra), June 11 (IANS) A 27-year-old Manipur resident was killed when she fell out of an autorickshaw while fighting off mobile thieves. Police said on Friday that they have nabbed the two culprits from their hideout in Bhiwandi town. The victim, Kanmila Arangsew Raising and her friend Lalngursangi Cheuchema Famchun, were working with a […]

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Pak economy grows 3.94% with V-shaped recovery

Islamabad, June 11 (IANS) Pakistan’s V-shaped economic recovery on the back of broad-based growth across all sectors has enabled it to witness a 3.94 per cent growth during the first nine months of FY21 (July 2020-March 2021). Unveiling the economic survey on Thursday on the eve of the presentation of the budget for FY22 (July […]

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Committed to three capitals, balanced regional development: Jagan

New Delhi/Amaravati, June 11 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and said that the state is committed to balanced regional development through decentralised governance and capital city trifurcation. As part of the southern state’s capital trifurcation, Reddy proposed executive capital city at Visakhapatnam, legislative […]

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US Senate confirms 1st Muslim federal judge

Washington, June 11 (IANS) The US Senate has confirmed Zahid Quraishi to become the first Muslim American federal judge in the country’s history. Senators on Thursday voted 81-16 to confirm Quraishi to serve as a district judge for the district court of New Jersey, Xinhua news agency reported. As many as 32 Republican Senators joined […]

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3 dead in Florida supermarket shooting

Miami, June 11 (IANS) Three people, including a child, were killed in a shooting inside a supermarket in the US state of Florida, local media reported. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said the shooter is among the vitims of Thursday’s shooting inside the Publix supermarket, reports Xinhua news agency. The store’s parking lot was […]

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Mukul Roy likely to meet CM Mamata Banerjee

By Saibal GuptaKolkata, June 11 (IANS) In a surprise development on Friday BJP national vice-president and MP from Krishnanagar North, Mukul Roy, is expected to meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee fuelling speculation that he and his son Subhrangshu Roy might be returning to the Trinamool Congress. Roy, who is presently in his house […]

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UP CM meets BJP chief Nadda after Modi

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday called on BJP chief J.P. Nadda after his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the national capital. During his one-hour meeting, Adityanath apprised Modi of the political situation in UP and steps being taken to curb the second […]

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Death by drowning listed as disaster in UP

Lucknow, June 11 (IANS) The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has listed ‘death by drowning’ as a disaster, making the victim’s family eligible for a compensation of Rs 4 lakh under the state disaster relief fund (SDRF). Death by suicide, however, will not be considered for compensation. According to an order issued by additional […]

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‘Decision to scrap board exams good, but don’t quell students’ anxiety’

Jaipur, June 11 (IANS) Following Centre’s decision to cancel the Class 12 examinations of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), the Rajasthan government on June 2 also cancelled the state board examinations for students of Class 10 and 12, which has evoked a mixed response. Rajasthan’s Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra announced the cancellation […]

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Germany’s ruling conservative union gains voters’ favour

Berlin, June 11 (IANS) Germany’s ruling conservative union was gaining voters’ favour and was clearly ahead of the second-placed Greens, according to a Politbarometer survey published by the public broadcaster ZDF. After a historical low in polls, the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union(CDU/CSU) gained four percentage points compared to the last survey almost three weeks […]

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S.Africa ‘technically’ enters 3rd Covid wave

Johannesburg, June 11 (IANS) South Africa has “technically” entered the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases said. The national seven-day moving average incidence, which reached 5,959 cases, exceeded the new wave threshold defined by the Ministerial Advisory Committee of the government, Xinhua news agency quoted the Institute as […]

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Peru prosecutor requests preventive detention of prez candidate

Lima, June 11 (IANS) Peru’s anti-corruption prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez has requested a new pre-trial detention of presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori to prevent her from interfering in an ongoing investigation. “It has been determined once again that the defendant Fujimori Higuchi does not comply with the restriction of not communicating with witnesses,” Perez said in […]

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YouTube for Android TV passes 100 mn installs

San Francisco, June 11 (IANS) Google-owned video streaming platform YouTube’s app for Android TV has surpassed 100 million installs. According to Play Store, Youtube for Android TV now has over 100 million installs, an all-time high since its release in 2014. The previous milestone, 50 million installs, was in May last year. “While the timing […]

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Landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway

Jammu, June 11 (IANS) The strategic Jammu-Srinagar national highway was blocked on Friday by a massive landslide in the Ramban district. Traffic Department officials said the massive landslide occurred in the morning in Seri area which resulted in closure of this road link between the landlocked Kashmir Valley and the rest of the county. “Landslide […]

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Science Gallery Bengaluru exhibits season on ‘Contagion’

By Siddhi JainNew Delhi, June 11 (IANSlife) Science Gallery Bengaluru is presenting a uniquely first online exhibition-season, ‘Contagion’, that explores the infectious nature of not only diseases but also emotions, behaviours and information. Showcased in collaboration with Robert Koch Institute, the Indian National Science Academy, and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, the exhibition will run full […]

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US budget deficit tops $2tn

Washington, June 11 (IANS) The US budget deficit soared to $2.1 trillion during the first eight months of fiscal year 2021, which ends on September 30, the Treasury Department reported. Federal revenue for the eight-month period ending in May rose to $2.6 trillion, while total outlays rose to $4.7 trillion, driven by payments for jobless […]

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Germany launches digital vax certificate

Berlin, June 11 (IANS) After a two-week test phase, the new digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate “CovPass” was officially launched in Germany, Minister of Health Jens Spahn announced. Implementing a program by the European Union (EU), the modifications of the certificate would make it possible to prove vaccinations, tests and previous COVID-19 illnesses when travelling in […]

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The future of workwear

By Puja GuptaNew Delhi, June 11 (IANSlife) Womens workwear, which was initially confined in the boundaries of monotonous monochromatic, simple solids and rigid silhouettes, has undergone a humongous change. Today formal and daily wear for work is more youthful, vibrant and chic that resonates with the sartorial choices of contemporary women. The pandemic, however, brought […]

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US sanctions network financing Houthis

Washington, June 11 (IANS) The US Treasury Department has sanctioned members of a smuggling network that helps fund the Houthi militia in Yemen and Irans Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF). In a statement on Thursday, the Department said the network, led by Iran-based Houthi financier Sa’id al-Jamal, generates tens of millions of dollars in […]

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UP CM Adityanath meets PM Modi

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath is meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to apprise him about the political situation in the state and steps taken to control the second wave of Covid pandemic. Adityanath has reached the Prime Minister’s residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg in the national […]

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Biophore seeks DCGI approval for Aviptadil for Covid treatment

Hyderabad, June 11 (IANS) Hyderabad-based Biophore India Pharmaceuticals announced on Friday that it has applied for DCGI emergency use approval of Aviptadil Inhalation for marketing in India for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of Covid-19. Biophore has successfully developed Aviptadil and is backward integrated with in-house API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient). The company will […]

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Footprints of climate change ‘evident’ in Himalayas, Karakoram ranges

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) The footprints of climate change are evident in the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges where increased glacial melt, hazardous events, changes in snowfall patterns are all combining to alter the water supplies of downstream countries which depend on rivers emerging from these ranges. A new research, Glacio-hydrology of the Himalaya-Karakoram, […]

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